- Democrats' US Senate race heats up over natural gas industry Updated: Feb-13-16 11:08 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - In Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate Democratic primary, where there are few differences over issues, jousting over natural gas drilling is providing an opening.
- Town cries foul at proposed low return from tax auction Updated: Feb-13-16 10:44 am
PLAINFIELD, New Hampshire - Officials in the small New Hampshire town where tax militants held federal marshals at bay for nine months in an armed standoff are questioning the meager amount federal officials plan to allot it after a tax auction in October.
- Old, faulty police cruisers are driving officers crazy Updated: Feb-13-16 9:14 am
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Holes in the floorboards. Cracks in fenders and bumpers. Metal that sticks out of torn seats and rips uniforms. Gas gauges that don't work. Radio equipment that malfunctions. Occasional breakdowns. Peeling paint.
- Budget patches have Kansas lawmakers seeing broader problems Updated: Feb-13-16 8:18 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - As Kansas legislators prepare to close a deficit largely with budget juggling, a growing number are seeing broad problems with how the state has managed its finances under Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
- Information freeze thaws after injunction on election law Updated: Feb-13-16 4:10 am
LANSING, Michigan - An information freeze on local and school officials is thawing after a federal judge put a preliminary injunction on a new Michigan election law that critics called a "gag order."
- North Dakota housing authorities get $2M federal grants Updated: Feb-13-16 2:05 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota's congressional delegation says more than $2 million in federal funding is being distributed at public housing authorities throughout the state.
- Obama to push trade agenda at summit with Southeast Asia Updated: Feb-13-16 1:06 am
MANILA, Philippines - A summit next week between Southeast Asian leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver any big economic prizes, but will allow the American side to press the advantages of joining a Pacific trade pact that doesn't include China.
- Utah plans to take legal action against EPA over mine waste Updated: Feb-12-16 10:55 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday he plans to take legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency following reports that it didn't alert the state to river contamination after a massive mine waste spill.
- Coal talk of the town as GOP candidates mingle in Cheyenne Updated: Feb-12-16 10:22 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Coal was on the minds of candidates for Wyoming's seat in the U.S. House as they mingled with party insiders over cocktails at a Laramie County Republican Party gathering on Friday.
- Bill gives sales tax break for coal-fired plant conversion Updated: Feb-12-16 7:54 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The Washington Senate has passed a bill that would give a sales tax break to the state's only coal-fired power plant if and when it converts to using biomass or natural gas for electric generation.
- Bill would make men confirm marriage for ED medication Updated: Feb-12-16 7:21 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A Kentucky state lawmaker has filed a bill that would require men have at least two office visits and swear on a Bible they are married before a doctor could prescribe them erectile dysfunction medication.
- Regulators vote to phase in solar rate hike more slowly Updated: Feb-12-16 7:00 pm
LAS VEGAS - The Nevada Public Utilities Commission voted Friday to phase in higher rates for rooftop solar customers over a longer period of time than previously approved - a concession to rooftop solar customers who say higher rates make it harder to recoup their investments in panels.
- Senate rejects constitutional amendment on tax increases Updated: Feb-12-16 6:50 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The state Senate on Friday failed to reach the required vote threshold to send voters a constitutional amendment asking if they want to require a two-thirds supermajority in the Legislature for future tax increases.
- Drew Lewis, Reagan transport secretary during strike, dies Updated: Feb-12-16 6:42 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Drew Lewis, a businessman who served as U.S. transportation secretary under President Ronald Reagan during the 1981 air traffic controllers' strike, has died at age 84.
- Edwards to Obama: Scrap offshore drilling money proposal Updated: Feb-12-16 6:39 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking President Barack Obama to drop his attempt to take offshore drilling money away from the Gulf Coast.
- Judge wants to review scope of Duke Energy pollution deal Updated: Feb-12-16 6:26 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina judge said Friday he wants to review a surprise deal settling decades of groundwater pollution at Duke Energy's coal ash pits because he questioned the motives behind the company's deal with state environmental regulators.
- Louisiana governor's speech stokes fears, threatens football Updated: Feb-12-16 6:21 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards' talk of shuttered hospitals, college closures and a canceled football season for the LSU Tigers drew attention Friday to Louisiana's deep budget woes, mixed with criticism that the Democratic governor was fear-mongering.
- Edwards: Possible TOPS cut won't hit students this semester Updated: Feb-12-16 6:11 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards tried Friday to reduce fears about the threat of cuts to the TOPS free college tuition program, saying Louisiana students who receive the aid won't see increased tuition bills this semester even if financing is reduced.
- The Latest: Utah to take legal action over mine waste spill Updated: Feb-12-16 6:03 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The Latest on news that Utah regulators say the EPA failed to inform them about contaminants in river water after a massive mine spill that fouled water in three states (all times local):
- Montana mine gets conditional approval due to water worries Updated: Feb-12-16 6:03 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Montana environmental regulators granted conditional approval Friday to a long-stalled silver and copper mine proposed beneath a federal wilderness area, saying the developer must show before mining can proceed that the $500 million project won't drain overlying creeks.
- Health Department offers buyouts amid Oklahoma budget crisis Updated: Feb-12-16 6:02 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - At least 100 employees of the Oklahoma State Department of Health are expected to take a buyout that includes a $5,000 lump-sum payment as the agency looks to avoid potential layoffs amid a budget crunch, agency officials confirmed on Friday.
- House backs bill to ease calorie labeling requirements Updated: Feb-12-16 5:54 pm
WASHINGTON - Fast-food chains would get some relief from government rules on listing calories for things like bacon-wrapped deep dish pizza or double cheeseburgers under legislation the House approved on Friday.
- Kansas City proposes $10M plan to demolish empty buildings Updated: Feb-12-16 5:39 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Kansas City has created a plan in the city budget to tear down about 800 vacant houses and buildings in struggling neighborhoods in the next two years.
- The Latest: Judge wants to review Duke Energy pollution deal Updated: Feb-12-16 5:27 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The Latest on a judge reviewing a $7 million settlement over groundwater pollution at one coal-burning power plant that was expanded to end disputes at all 14 Duke Energy sites in North Carolina (all times local):
- Bill would ensure insurance coverage of special formula Updated: Feb-12-16 5:24 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Stephanie Greenhill has dipped into her retirement account to pay for the special calorie-packed formula keeping her son alive. Her parents and in-laws also help out, since the family's insurer won't cover the expense.